Rev. Dr. Leo James Hoar

June 22, 1940April 28, 2019

Rev. Dr. Leo James Hoar was born on June 22, 1940 and passed away on April 28, 2019.


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Rev. Dr. Leo James Hoar

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Maurice & Kathleen Clark

May 8, 2019

Fr. Leo officiated at our wedding
on Jan. 1, 1977 at Holy Family Rectory chapel. He was a very special person in our lives.
We are so sorry to learn about his passing. May he rest in peace.
Sincerely, Moe & Kathleen Clark

Ralph Alexander

May 8, 2019

Leo had a rare blend of deep compassion, an ability to challenge and the judgement to know just exactly what were the right words at the right time. I stopped in during his office hours on more than a few occasions to receive counseling. I was gobsmacked at how quickly and accurately he could assist me. It was during those times I would decide to spend the rest of my professiinal time on earth as a counselor in poverty schools.

I am profoundly grateful that Leo was part of my journey. His service to others who were in pain or poverty was heroic.

May you Rest In Peace and know how much you are truly loved.

Ralph Alexander
Springfield College
Class of 1982

Bernard Graney

May 7, 2019

Fr. Leo and I worked on a Spiritual Needs Committee at SC for nearly a decade. During those years, he brought speakers on such controversial topics such as the death penalty (Sr. Helen Prejean), Thomas Moore, author of "Care of the soul" and the moral issues around the Iraq war. He nurtured the "Spirit" side of the college's philosophy of "body-mind-spirit" in service to humanity. These events stimulated excellent dialogue on these significant issues.
I also observed his numerous summer leadership experiences with undergraduate students to Impoverished South American villages, several Bronx communities in great need and elsewhere. Preparing and serving food, rebuilding community facilities and otherwise helping others as College experience! During the academic year, he taught Introduction to Religion, The Old and New Testament and assisted students and faculty and staff with spiritual counseling.
Fr. Leo taught social justice, the importance of being moral as human beings, common decency and respect for all religions by example and thoughts.
The world and Springfield College has lost a wonderful human being. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him!
Dr. Bernard Graney

Bill Boland

May 7, 2019

Fr Leo was such a wonderful, positive role model and friend. He was always willing to find time for those of us in need of some guidance or a pep talk. The messages from his Sunday services in Marsh Memorial were uplifting and made you want to attend and participate. We were so fortunate at Springfield College in the 70's and 80's to have Leo as our friend and spiritual leader. Rest in Peace my friend. We are better people for having known you.

Michael and Barbara Ashe

May 5, 2019

We are very sorry to learn of passing of Fr. Leo. We have such wonderful memories of him, going back many years. St.Anselm college days and many more. Fr. Leo was truly committed to doing Christ work. He practiced what he preached.

Thomas/NANCY Ruscio

May 4, 2019

We were saddened to hear of the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Leo Hoar. Our sincerest sympathies to his family. Leo will be forever in our thoughts and prayers as he touched our hearts and souls and that of so many others at Springfield College especially the students. He was our friend, an understanding and empathic counselor, like a brother and trusted colleague who was always there for you. His physical Body and Mind are gone, but his Spirit will live on. May his family, friends, former students, and colleagues be comforted by a life dedicated to serving others and may his Spirit be with us forever.

Tom/Nancy Ruscio

Colleen Poulin

May 3, 2019

Fr Leo touched the hearts of many. The members of the Springfield College family will forever be grateful for his incredible amount of commitment and devotion. He was the heart and soul of Springfield . I am very thankful that I found my way to Springfield College and grateful for his guidance and friendship long after my years at Springfield . In the midst of my sadness of his passing I find a sense of comfort know how strong his faith was .
Fr Leo was a friend to many and helped so many navigate through the challenges of life .
“And he will lift you up on eagle's wings, 
Bear you on the breath of dawn, 
Make you to shine like the sun, 
And hold you in the palm of his hand.”

Love and Peace
Colleen Quinlan Poulin 

William Considine

May 3, 2019

Not only was Leo an outstanding campus minister, he was a gracious, understanding and kind man. He made Springfield College a better place through his dedication and commitment to the SC family. Leo was a friend, a confidant and a wise counselor. Whenever I hear one of his favorite hymns, I think of him. He shall always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Pete Wildeboer

May 1, 2019

Father Leo was a wonderful leader and teacher for so many at Springfield College- I learned a lot from him and still remember talking with him 25 years after I graduated and asking him if he remembered me- he replied that he did and that I was the "only non- Catholic to ever preach a Homily at Springfield. My Wife and I visited Leo back in December in Massachusetts and he was the same wonderful caring Father Leo- I will miss him a lot but have wonderful memories to hold on to.

Len Stevens

April 30, 2019

Leo was a valued family friend from our days at UMass-Amherst and in the four decades since then. My wife and I will miss him, as will our children. His kindness and thoughtfulness were infinite. He was a great credit to his church and his faith.